Assignment 1: American Dream Film Essay
This week you will develop an argumentative research paper based on the film assigned to your group (Gran Torino), and for which you have been doing various activities, such as engaging in a discussion. Your goal is to develop an argumentative thesis that identifies with specific elements (characters, plot, and / or setting) of the film that reflect the achievement of the American Dream OR disillusionment with the American Dream. Follow these criteria in developing your essay:
A good introduction relevant to the subject and your film
A well-developed argument thesis
Develop well-argued body paragraphs that contain topic sentences which refer back to the thesis and provide supporting details from the film and your analyses. Well-argued body paragraphs focused on clear main ideas. Each main idea must: be introduced with a topic sentence, include critical analysis supported with clear and specific examples (reference to scenes) from the film, be further supported with critical and scholarly sources and conclude by showing its relation to the thesis.
Use the film and your scholarly research as resources to develop your argument.
Use a strong organizational structure with clear transitional sentences
Write a conclusion that reemphasized the thesis statement
An MLA formatted works cited page with 4-6 sources of relevant scholarly research
Inclusion of properly formatted in-text citations for all sources used in the essay (using the MLA parenthetical form of citations).
Create a topic sentence outline for the American Dream essay.
Create a 750-1250 word essay on the film assigned to your group.
For full credit the essay must:
have a strong argument thesis that asserts the connections between the American Dream theme and the film.
use correct formatting according to MLA in terms of spacing, heading, font, indenting, in-text citation, works cited, etc.
NOTE: When you write your essay, you will use ONLY the citations in your Works Cited NOT the annotations. The annotations are only for your benefit—to help you evaluate your sources. Also, you will change the title of the document from Annotated Bibliography to Works Cited.